Welcome to The Ganges Delta
Entering West Bengal from the west, the River Ganges splits into the world's biggest delta, myriad smaller (though by no means small) streams that make their way across southern West Bengal or neighbouring Bangladesh into the Bay of Bengal. Best known of these in West Bengal is the Hooghly River which leaves the Ganges at Farakka and later passes through Kolkata. This heavily populated region of vast alluvial floodplains promises a variety of intriguing experiences well off the common tourist grid: grand palaces, mosques and temples of historic Bengali cultural hubs and capitals; centres of modern artistic excellence; vestiges of European colonial outposts; even some striped Bengal tigers lurking in dense estuarine forests. The region sees little foreign tourism, but those who come will acquaint themselves with the essence of Indian Bengal and a fascinating face of India seen by few outsiders.